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Members of the University community should respond to the daily VitalCheck prompt at least 30 minutes prior to entering campus.


Fire safety is important. Everyone should be observant and aware of every exit in any venue they enter.

As soon as you become aware of a fire:

  • Pull the nearest fire alarm device or make sure an alarm has already been sent.
  • Notify the Department of Public Safety (see numbers below).
  • If fire occurs in your room, leave immediately and close the door behind you.
  • Follow the directions of fire wardens, public safety personnel, resident assistants, or resident directors.
  • Follow building evacuation directions. Never go to the roof.
  • Exit quickly and move at least 200 feet away from the building. Do not remain   in lobby or near entrances as first responders need access for their personnel/equipment.
  • Notify fire wardens/public safety personnel of the location of anyone injured or with physical challenges still within the complex. If safe to do so, assist them to a secure location close to an evacuation stairwell.
  • Never let fire get between yourself and the exit.
  • Stay away from elevators. Use the stairs only.
  • Stay out of smoke-filled rooms.
  • Check doors before opening. If they are warm to the touch, do not enter.

Note: Extinguish a fire only if you are trained to use a fire extinguisher and an alarm has been sent.

If evacuation is not possible:

  • Remain in place and keep the door closed.
  • Call the Department of Public Safety, if possible to do so, and advise them of your exact  location.
  • Prevent smoke from entering your location by blocking openings. Use wet towels or clothing.
  • Do not open or break the window glass unless absolutely necessary. Oxygen will intensify fire.
  • If smoke is present in your room, remain close to the window. If possible, hold a wet towel to your face and stay low to the floor.
  • Hang a white towel or bright clothing out a window to alert first responders.

Follow the directions from public safety personnel as heard on the public address system.

Department of Public Safety 
Rose Hill
Extension: 2222 or 5832
Phone: 718-817-2222 or 718-817-5832

Lincoln Center
Extension: 6076
Phone: 212-930-8888 or 212-636-6076

Extension: 3333
Phone: 914-367-3001 or 914-367-3333